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2011-02-15 10:00:00

America's WETLAND Foundation launches new program to assist communities in preparing for their future BELLE CHASSE, La., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) announced the "Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities: Envisioning the Future of America's Energy Coast" (BRRC) initiative today to help Gulf Coast communities from Texas to Florida prepare for resiliency against the threats of storms, rising sea levels, and disasters like the BP oil spill. The...

2010-10-07 07:00:00

PORT SULPHUR, La., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost six months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion caused the oil spill now globally known as the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history, Children's Health Fund (CHF) is expanding its New Orleans's Children's Health Project (NOCHP) by bringing a Crisis Response Unit to lower Plaquemines Parish. The new project will be in partnership with Tulane University and Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Center. The mobile pediatric...

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2010-09-27 14:15:00

On Monday, an independent commission kicked off a two-day meeting in Washington to investigate the massive oil spill from the BP-leased rig that set off the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The commission, which was set up by President Barack Obama, will probe the use of controversial chemical dispersants to combat the spill, government decisions made during the disaster and the U.S. moratorium on deepwater drilling. Former senator and commission co-chair Bob Graham said during...

2008-09-29 03:00:18

By Anonymous After hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused levee breaches and overtopping in Plaquemines Parish this year, Parish President Billy Nungesser is pushing for private levees to be federalized. Nungesser was at the Pentagon today meeting with John Paul Woodley Jr., assistant secretary of the Army, and Hans Van Antwerp, chief of engineers for the Army Corps of Engineers. Credit: CityBusiness Staff (Copyright 2008 Dolan Media Newswires) (c) 2008 New Orleans CityBusiness. Provided...

2008-09-12 18:00:15

By Howard Witt POINT CELESTE, La. - About 40 miles farther inland from here, around the periphery of one of America's most vulnerable major cities, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is engaged in a furious $15 billion construction effort to rebuild the ring of concrete levees and steel floodgates that are supposed to protect New Orleans from catastrophic flooding when the next big hurricane blows ashore. But the front line in the epic and unending battle to keep the Gulf of Mexico from...

2008-09-05 03:00:12

Apparently, experience really is the best teacher. State, local and federal authorities all performed far better in dealing with Hurricane Gustav than they did in their joint bungling of Hurricane Katrina three years ago. Best of all, there are emerging signs that government and citizens in hurricane-prone regions are starting to get beyond the obvious notion of strengthening levees where necessary to also restoring the wetlands that are nature's first line of defense against tropical...

2006-04-15 12:49:31

By Jeffrey Jones BURAS, Louisiana (Reuters) - Seven months after Hurricane Katrina, Richard and Brenda Simmons still agonize over whether to rebuild their smashed two-story home in lower Plaquemines Parish on the southeastern tip of Louisiana. Their decision got harder this week after the U.S. government said it may not spend the hundreds of millions of dollars it would take to raise all the levees on the thin strip of land jutting into the Gulf of Mexico. Like many here, the...


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